Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

You know how during a televised awards ceremony like the Oscars or the MTV Video Music Awards, camera men often cut to an obvious emotional target? The ex-significant other or losing nominee or starlet caught with privates out, the butt of the joke. Never saw so many brown faces on CNN as I did last night.

In Barack Obama, my power of cognizant recognition doesn’t immediately go to black (is that properly PC? I mean, I’m not white but more a peachy-pink, but “African American” or “person of color” really sounds like we’re trying to hard. Like calling a fat girl "rubenesque" or a garbageman a "refuse engineer" – simple words are good words, people). Instead, I see someone like me, more similiar if not the same. About my age, just a few years older, non-traditional family of mixed faces, shades ranging from porcelain to mocha, who experimented with drugs as a youth and admitted it, college educated, self-made and interested in everything. Feel that I know him, part of my circle. That we present a leader to the world who looks and speaks differently than any in our history is exciting. Maybe the French will like us.

I look forward to the day breasts and a uterus lead the country.

6 comments:

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

"I look forward to the day breasts and a uterus lead the country"

I would follow a vagina anywhere. ;-)

Lucy said...

As long as the breasts and uterus are not attached to Hillary or Sarah Palin.

Miz UV said...

I'm pretty bummed about the amount of homophobia in this country, which is sort of overshadowing the thrill of the big Dem victory thingie.

Don said...

What's interesting is it's not always homophobia as such, for ex I know a guy who was strongly Pro 8 and who is supportive of his gay brother, just doesn't think the guy needs to be "married". Give 'em all the benefits, he says. Just don't call it "married". Well. That's not homophobia, exactly. I don't know what it is.

Anyway, even I will admit I'd be more comfortable hanging around a crowd that would hang around Obama, than the sort of people who probably hang around Bush or McCain. Neat-o. And he's the first P younger than me.

JodieKash said...

I'm witcha, Don. It's the "marriage" label. This remains a conservative nation at heart when it comes to matters of tradition.

Wonder if "domestic partnership" would make it easier to swallow.

Annie said...

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